Micro-satellites and Remote Sensing

Spatial Technology, implementors of Oracle Spatial based solutions for managing geographic information, will be Laser-Scan's reseller organization in Scandinavia for Radius Topology. They will be initially focusing on the government market in their home country of Sweden.


At the International Highway Engineering Exchange Program (HEEP) in Cheyenne, Wyo., Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions (NASDAQ: INGR) is showcasing its latest advances in open interoperable solutions through a series of presentations and demonstrations using datasets from Departments of Transportation (DOTs) nationwide. On display in the Intergraph booths (21 & 22) is a broad array of geospatial, Web mapping and imaging technologies that provide industry specific functionality while ensuring enterprise wide, seamless access to interstate and road inventory and asset data.

Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions also announced that the discount offer on GeoMedia(R) education products for community colleges, universities, technical schools and distance-learning programs has been extended through the end of November 2003. The company's GeoMedia Technology Campus Site license can be purchased at discounts starting at 50 percent off the list price.

A new study documents the potential high-resolution QuickBird satellite imagery from DigitalGlobe(R) can bring to post-earthquake damage detection and recovery efforts. The study, conducted by ImageCat, Inc., was partially funded by the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER) headquartered at the University at Buffalo. The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), through its "Learning from Earthquakes" program, provided imagery to ImageCat, the University of Tokyo and several other research organizations around the world involved in the use of remote sensing for disaster response. This combined effort represents a significant milestone in the field of earthquake research.

The National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) will provide speakers and demonstrations to GEO-INTEL 2003 : "Geospatial Intelligence and Information for the Nation" to be held October 14-17, 2003 at the New Orleans Marriott in New Orleans, LA.

The Object Management Group(TM) (OMG(TM)), Open GIS Consortium, Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization and Web3D announced the First Annual Workshop on Web Enabled Modeling and Simulation (WebSim). Sponsored exclusively by General Dynamics, the 4-day workshop will include one day of tutorials followed by three days of interactive sessions and panels. Individuals with an interest in interoperability standards for Web based modeling and simulation are encouraged to attend. For a detailed description of the WebSim mission visit http://www.websim.net. To see the workshop program schedule and to register for the workshop, visit www.omg.org/websim.

The launch of ESA's SMART-1 spacecraft to the Moon onboard an Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou, French Guiana successfully took place on 28 September at 1 hour 14 Central European Summer Time. The satellite separated from the launcher 42 minutes after lift-off and was placed into a geostationary transfer orbit with 654 km perigee and 35.885 km apogee. First signals of the satellite were received 2 minutes later at 1 hour 58 over the Perth ground station in Western Australia. The solar arrays had both been deployed by 2 hours 24 local time. Telemetry received confirms a nominal satellite performance in all subsystems. The first Electric Propulsion Firing is planned for tomorrow, 30 September.

The United States Army Corps of Engineers CADD/GIS Technology Center has chosen NetSPEX from Professional Software Solutions (ProSoft) for the management and implementation of its computer-aided design standards for AutoCAD and MicroStation.

Analytical Surveys, Inc. (ASI), provider of utility-industry data collection, creation and management services for the geographic information systems (GIS) markets, announced that the Company has reached a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding the restatement of the Company's financial results in fiscal 1999. As ASI reported on May 13, 2003, the settlement calls for a Cease and Desist Order (the "Order") that would not impose a fine, make a finding of fraud against the Company, or seek an injunction.

Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK), design software and digital content company, announced new benefits for Autodesk Subscription customers in the United States and Canada, including Web Support direct from Autodesk, Subscription- only access to e-Learning lessons and more. In developing the newly enriched program, current Autodesk Subscription customers provided direction and guidance to determine what enhancements would be most valuable. Since its inception in 2001, Autodesk Subscription has enabled customers to stay current with the latest design technology and benefit from simplified software management and predictable budgeting.

With units available for less than $100, global positioning system (GPS) receivers are now affordable to the masses, enabling applications unthinkable just 18 months ago. These emerging applications, plus renewed growth in existing markets, will help propel the global GPS market north of $22 billion by 2008, according to technology market research firm ABI.

@Road(R) (Nasdaq:ARDI), a provider of mobile resource management services, announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued patent number 6,594,576 titled "Using Location Data to Determine Traffic Information." This is the tenth patent awarded to @Road and the fourth issued to the Company in 2003. @Road has 36 additional patents pending in jurisdictions throughout the world.

Z/I Imaging Corporation, an Intergraph Company (NASDAQ: INGR), is showcasing the Digital Mapping Camera (DMC(TM)), its high-resolution, frame-based digital camera; TerraShare, its image management and distribution system; and ImageStation SSK, its photogrammetric production workstation for Departments of Transportation (DOTs) in booth 23 at the International Highway Engineering Exchange Program (HEEP) in Cheyenne, Wyo. With its end-to-end digital photogrammetric suite of products, Z/I Imaging provides a breadth of solutions and a wealth of experience unmatched in the transportation industry. With more than 30 years of experience serving DOTs, Z/I Imaging solutions can be found in 24 DOTs nationwide.

MapInfo Corporation (NASDAQ: MAPS) issued an analysis of its leading demographic data which shows that some neighborhoods are feeling a big pinch from soaring gas prices because of the automobiles they drive. These insights demonstrate the depth and capabilities of MapInfo's new PSYTE(R) U.S. Advantage profiling solution. PSYTE U.S. Advantage helps businesses identify and profile their key market groups. Using data from the most recent U.S. Census combined with its own proprietary data and location-enhanced software, MapInfo reveals compelling insights into consumer trends such as who is spending the most money at the pump.

Avineon, Inc. announced that it has successfully completed the GIS data migration project for the City of Naperville, Illinois Department of Public Utilities-Electric (DPU-E). Avineon migrated the City's electric facilities GIS data from ArcFM 7.2.1 to an ArcFM 8.3 Geodatabase.


From the NIMA press release: “The National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) announced that it is awarding a five-year contract to Longmont, Colo.-based DigitalGlobe, Inc., to assure the availability of high-resolution imagery from the next series of U.S. commercial imagery satellites. This contract, known as NextView, implements a new level of partnering between the U.S. Government and the remote-sensing industry. The contract affords greater access and priority, and advanced capability and capacity to government customers than any other previous contract while providing DigitalGlobe with long-term commitments and capital for its satellite development.

The NextView award to DigitalGlobe is a contract with a potential to award more than $500 million over the period of performance of the contract. The contract allows NIMA early participation in the development cycle for the next generation of U.S. commercial satellite imaging capabilities….Simultaneously, NIMA is pursuing further discussions with Space Imaging, LLC in Thornton, Colo., regarding a contract to continue development of a follow-on system to provide NIMA an additional source to mitigate a potential commercial gap in availability of commercial imagery to support the geospatial mission.” Digital Globe press release

New Products

NavCom Technology, Inc., precise positioning and communications technology provider, announced the addition of Western Latitudes to its global family of distributors. Western Latitudes will offer NavCom's complete line of high accuracy, high precision GPS products as well as the Safari SR-7100 Network Radio.

MAPSCO, Inc. of Dallas, Texas, a southwest map retail and publishing chain, has implemented an efficient, cost-saving workflow using Label-EZ™ and Label-Edit™ for generating maps with the highest quality type placement. Label EZ's ease of use, compatibility with MicroStation®/Oracle® databases, and flexible type-placement rules all combined to make one of Mapsco's more recent map products efficient in cost and time savings since the transition to the digital medium.

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